The Pharmacy Service is currently recruiting for Pharmacy Technicians who will be providing technical support related to inpatients and/or ambulatory patients. Pharmacy technicians carry out the full range of technical support functions which include but are not limited to: processing and filling outpatient prescriptions for scheduled and non-scheduled federal legend drugs and medical devices. 1. OUTPATIENT a. Assists Pharmacist in filling prescriptions in the mail-out and outpatient section. This includes: interpreting and clarifying prescriptions, obtaining correct stock or containers, counting correct amount of medication, attaching correct label to filled container and setting it aside for the final check by a Pharmacist. b. Maintains the cleanliness and stock in automatic dispensing equipment. Maintains clean, orderly work environment. c. Performs bulk compounding of routine and simple pharmaceuticals and extemporaneous compounding of more complex formulas and records compounding information for quality control and AMIS data collection. d. Assists Pharmacist in bookkeeping, filing, and maintenance of daily records for control of funds, cost of drugs, ordering drugs and supplies, security, and accountability. 2. INPATIENT a. Responsible for the prepackaging of unit-of-use and unit dose drug items used in dispensing function as well as items for ward stock. b. Responsible for automatic replenishment of "approved inventory" of medications in "official storage areas". This involves maintaining par levels as determined by usage. c. Replenishes, monitors, and replaces emergency medications in the emergency carts. d. Receives and processes returned excess, outdated, deteriorated, or otherwise unusable medications and supplies for return to stock, credit, or disposal. 3. MATERIAL MANAGEMENT a. Maintains stock while dispensing by notifying the procurement technician of stock shortages, and need to restock. Also assists procurement technician in determining and maintaining stock levels to ensure timely delivery. b. Restocks medication in automatic dispensing equipment. c. Ensures manufacturer's requirements for shipping, handling, and storage. B. FACTORS 1. Knowledge Required by the Position). General knowledge of personal traits of patients of different ages, knowledge levels, social status, and physical and mental status in order to efficiently interact and provide accurate, timely service to patients and their families or caregiver in person or on the telephone. b). Knowledge of procedures, policies, and rules and regulations of State and Federal agencies, as they apply to medication management. c). Knowledge of and ability to apply VA, Medical Center, and Pharmacy policies and procedures. 2. Supervisory Controls a. Works under general supervision of the Pharmacy Director and more closely with the division supervisor, who assigns work in specific areas (mail out, outpatient window, pre-pack, inpatient, IV's, compounding, etc.) and under the direct supervision of any Pharmacist they are assisting. Responsible for completing work in correct and accurate form for final review by Pharmacist before dispensing; works independently within scope of his/her knowledge referring only unusual situation to the Pharmacist for disposition or solution. 3. Guidelines a. Guidelines include agency regulations, VA manuals, local regulations, policies and procedures, state and federal law, Drug Enforcement Administration regulations, medical reference books, pharmacology texts and various other drug compendia. b. Independent judgment is exercised in applying these regulations and only unusual situations are referred to a pharmacist or supervisor, when he/she cannot make a judgment based on previous training and experience. 4. Complexity a). May be required to assist in several different areas each day, which means adjusting working techniques often during the day. b). Since Technician is responsible for prepack program (both inpatient ward stock and outpatient unit of use), he/she must be able to identify when items need to be ordered and prepacked to insure that item is not depleted. This also extends to the working stock in which the Technician keeps the Pharmacist and procurement technician informed to unusual usage trends 5. Scope and Effect a. The purpose of the work is to assist the Pharmacist in carrying out the filling of prescriptions in a timely and accurate method to insure all veterans get their medication for uninterrupted treatment of their medical conditions. b. The Technician provides and labels medications and supplies needed to fill the prescription and/or compound IV's, thus extending the capabilities of each Pharmacist. c. The Technician is relied upon to provide all necessary medications for the patient care areas in a timely and efficient manner. This relieves the nurse from having to order and keep stock levels on 100-200 different drugs for each floor, which thus enables her to do much more patient care. Work Schedule: Full Time, Rotational Schedule to include some Holidays and weekends. Shifts include but are not limited to: 6:00 am - 2:30 pm, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm, 7:30 am - 6: pm 8:00am - 4:30 pm, 10:00 am - 6:30 pm. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Pharmacy Technician/PD000000 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.
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